Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 greatest album charts.

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1980s decade summary
YearAlbums The number of albums from each year featuring in the greatest album charts. Score Total rank score for each year (made up of the total rank score from all albums in that year) Top Ranked Album The top ranked album from each year and where it ranks in the overall chart.
19801,909203,559
19811,926121,989
19821,889148,660
19831,898137,951
Murmur (150th)by R.E.M.
19841,866176,842
19851,881146,907
19861,990180,095
19872,195170,952
19882,324160,258
19892,335215,115
Total20,2131,662,327

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, The Stone Roses, R.E.M. and Kate Bush.
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1983
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7,370
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1987
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7,263
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1984
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7,245
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1986
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7,202
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1982
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6,819
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1985
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6,494
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1987
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6,410
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1982
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6,114
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1982
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5,923
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1982
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 4 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 122 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 97 10%
1984 100 10%
1985 84 8%
1986 95 10%
1987 85 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
U2 7 1%
The Fall 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 409 41%
United States 385 39%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
Australia 35 4%
Canada 26 3%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 965 97%
Yes 35 4%
Live? Albums %
No 979 98%
Yes 21 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 987 99%
Yes 13 1%
Best Ever Artists
1. The Beatles
2. Radiohead
3. Pink Floyd
4. David Bowie
5. Bob Dylan
6. Led Zeppelin
7. The Rolling Stones
8. Arcade Fire
9. The Velvet Underground
10. Nirvana (US)
11. Kendrick Lamar
12. The Smiths
13. Neil Young
14. Miles Davis
15. The Beach Boys
16. Kanye West
17. Pixies
18. Jimi Hendrix
19. Bruce Springsteen
20. R.E.M.
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